How To Fix Can’t Open PDF On Windows 11/10 PC

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In this article, we will discuss a common issue that many users face when working with PDF files: not being able to open them on a Windows 11/10 PC. We will explore various solutions to this problem, which can be frustrating for those who rely on PDF files for their work. Whether you use Adobe Acrobat Reader or another PDF viewer, not being able to open your PDF files can be a significant hindrance. So, if you’re experiencing this issue, don’t worry – we’ve got you covered with some effective solutions.

Why Am I Unable To Open PDFs On My PC?

There are several reasons why you may be unable to open PDF files on your PC. Some common causes include issues with the PDF reader software, outdated software or operating system, corrupted PDF files, and security software settings. Additionally, if the PDF file was created with a newer version of the PDF format, it may not be compatible with your PDF reader. It is important to troubleshoot the issue to determine the specific cause and find a solution.

What To Do If Your PDF Files Are Not Opening?

– Disable Protective Mode At Startup

Adobe Reader version XI introduced Protective Mode, which runs PDF files in a sandbox mode to check for any potential threats that could harm the Windows Registry or system directories. However, at times, this mode can be counterproductive and prevent PDF files from opening. If you trust the PDF file, you can disable this mode once by following these steps:

  1. Click on Edit and then select Preferences.
  2. Under Categories, select Security (Enhanced).
  3. On the right, uncheck the Enable Protected Mode at startup under Sandbox Protections.Protections

– Ask The Sender To Send PDF Again

Although not very common, errors can sometimes occur while creating PDFs. Additionally, it could be that the PDF wasn’t correctly uploaded if, for example, you asked someone to upload it on a website.

How can you determine if a PDF file you received is damaged? One way is to try opening another PDF file to check if it opens successfully. If it does, then the issue is likely with the PDF file in question. In this scenario, you could ask the sender to resend the file to ensure it’s not damaged.

– Try Opening The PDF In An Alternative PDF Viewer

An alternative solution to open PDF files is to try using a different PDF viewer. Advanced PDF Manager is an example of a useful tool that allows you to organize, merge, split, and password-protect your PDF files. Its viewing capability is also among its best features. So, instead of relying on your current PDF viewer, you can try using Advanced PDF Manager to open and manage your PDF files.

It comes with five different views as shown in the screenshot below –

Advanced PDF Manager

  1. Collapse View
  2. Small Multiview
  3. Medium Multiview
  4. Large Multiview
  5. Single View

Depending on how you want to view the PDF and further, perform tasks to up your productivity around PDFs, you can switch between the various views.

– Uninstall Current Adobe Acrobat Reader

It is possible that you are attempting to open a PDF document that was created with a non-Adobe product or an older PDF file.

If you’re experiencing issues opening PDF files, using an older version of Adobe Reader might be helpful. However, before installing an older version, ensure that you completely uninstall the current version of Adobe Reader. After uninstalling, install the older version and attempt to open the PDF file again.

– Update Adobe Reader

On the other hand, it is possible that you are experiencing compatibility issues with your PDF document because you haven’t updated your Adobe Reader in a while. To fix this issue, you can check for updates and download them by following these steps:

  1. Open Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  2. Click on Help.
  3. Click on Check for Updates. If there’s an update available, click on Update.Check for Updates
  4. Reboot your computer

– Repair PDF

You might not be able to open a PDF file if it’s corrupt. That being said, it is possible to repair corrupted PDF files as we have discussed in this post. Once you have repaired the PDF try and open it.

– Repair Installation

Since we are talking about repairing PDFs, how about fixing issues with Adobe Acrobat Reader itself (if there are any)? For this –

  1. Open Adobe Acrobat Reader.
  2. Click on Help.
  3. Click on Repair Installation and follow the on-screen instructions.

Repair Installation

Can You Open Your PDFs Now?

We hope that one of the solutions mentioned above has resolved your issue. If so, please let us know which fix worked for you in the comments section below. If you’re interested in more troubleshooting guides, software/app recommendations, and other engaging tech-related content, be sure to check out our website.

Mohamed SAKHRI

my name is Mohamed SAKHRI, and I am the creator and editor-in-chief of Easy Tech Tutorials. As a passionate technology enthusiast, I have been blogging for some time now, providing practical and helpful guides for various operating systems such as Windows, Linux, and macOS, as well as Android tips and tricks. Additionally, I also write about WordPress. I am currently 35 years old.

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